Below is a dream and interpretation from my psychologist private practice. The client is anonymous and biographical details were changed to protect the identity of the dreamer. The interpretation is based upon my book at drstevenfox.com
A 31-year-old man dreamt that an elderly man, who devoutly and religiously practiced Taoism, was instructing the dreamer. The dreamer thought that he should accept the precepts of Taoism, but he emotionally felt resistance to what he knew was true wisdom.
Dream 206 Interpretation
I asked the dreamer if there was something occurring in his life where the answer was obvious but that he could not emotionally accept the answer. He replied that he thought he should marry the woman he was living with because she brought nothing but peace and joy into his life, but he could not bring himself to ask her. He had been in three disastrous relationships and was wary of commitment. He eventually decided that he would stay engaged a long time to work on his feeling .
Taoism emphasizes perceiving reality correctly. The pious man was the epitome of the Wise Old Man archetype. The dream was screaming that in the considered opinion of ancient wisdom, he should devote himself to the relationship.
No part of the above is intended for psychological, psychiatric, or medical treatment or advice. The reader should personally contact an appropriate professional if seeking treatment or advice. ©Steven G. Fox 2013